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Surah Al-Anbiya Ayat 24 in Arabic Text

أَمِ ٱتَّخَذُواْ مِن دُونِهِۦٓ ءَالِهَةٗۖ قُلۡ هَاتُواْ بُرۡهَٰنَكُمۡۖ هَٰذَا ذِكۡرُ مَن مَّعِيَ وَذِكۡرُ مَن قَبۡلِيۚ بَلۡ أَكۡثَرُهُمۡ لَا يَعۡلَمُونَ ٱلۡحَقَّۖ فَهُم مُّعۡرِضُونَ
Amit takhazoo min doonihee aalihatan qul haatoo burhaanakum haaza zikru mam ma’iya wa zikru man qablee; bal aksaruhum laa ya’lamoonal haqqa fahum mu’ridoon

English Translation

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Sahih International
Or have they taken gods besides Him? Say, [O Muhammad], “Produce your proof. This [Qur’an] is the message for those with me and the message of those before me.” But most of them do not know the truth, so they are turning away.

Yusuf Ali
Or have they taken for worship (other) gods besides him? Say, “Bring your convincing proof: this is the Message of those with me and the Message of those before me.” But most of them know not the Truth, and so turn away.

Abul Ala Maududi
Have they taken gods other than Him? Say, (O Muhammad): “Bring forth your proof! Here is the Book with admonition for those of my time and there are also scriptures with admonition for people before me.” But most people do not know the Truth, and have, therefore, turned away from it.

Muhsin Khan
Or have they taken for worship (other) aliha (gods) besides Him? Say: “Bring your proof:” This (the Quran) is the Reminder for those with me and the Reminder for those before me. But most of them know not the Truth, so they are averse.

Pickthall
Or have they chosen other gods beside Him? say: Bring your proof (of their godhead). This is the Reminder of those with me and those before me, but most of them know not the Truth and so they are averse.

Dr. Ghali
Or even have they taken to themselves gods apart from Him? Say, “Offer your proof! This is the Remembrance of whomever are with me, and the Remembrance of whomever were before me.” No indeed, most of them do not know the Truth, so they are veering away.

Abdel Haleem
Have they chosen to worship other gods instead of Him? Say, ‘Bring your proof. This is the Scripture for those who are with me and the Scripture for those who went before me.’ But most of them do not recognize the truth, so they pay no heed.

Quran 21 Verse 24 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Anbiya ayat 24, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(21:24) Have they taken gods other than Him? Say, (O Muhammad): “Bring forth your proof! Here is the Book with admonition for those of my time and there are also scriptures with admonition for people before me.”[24] But most people do not know the Truth, and have, therefore, turned away from it.[25]


24. The first two were rational arguments and this is a historical one. This means that the study of all the former Scriptures shows that the Creator of the universe is One Allah and He alone is worthy of service and worship, while your religion is neither supported by rational arguments nor by historical evidence.

25. It is their lack of the knowledge of the reality which has created this indifference towards the message of the Prophet, and the same has made them heedless of the message.

Ibn-Kathir

24. Or have they taken for worship gods besides Him Say: “Bring your proof. This is the Reminder for those with me and the Reminder for those before me.” But most of them know not the Truth, so they are averse. 25. And We did not send any Messenger before you but We revealed to him (saying): “There is no God but I, so worship Me.”


﴿أَمِ اتَّخَذُواْ مِن دُونِهِ ءَالِهَةً قُلْ﴾

(Or have they taken for worship gods besides Him Say) — O Muhammad —

﴿هَاتُواْ بُرْهَـنَكُمْ﴾

(Bring your proof.) your evidence for what you are saying.

﴿هَـذَا ذِكْرُ مَن مَّعِىَ﴾

(This is the Reminder for those with me) means, the Qur’an.

﴿وَذِكْرُ مَن قَبْلِى﴾

(and the Reminder for those before me) means, the previous Books, unlike what you claim. Each Book was revealed to each Prophet who was sent with the message that there is no god except Allah, but you idolators do not recognize the truth, so you turn away from it. Allah says:

﴿وَمَآ أَرْسَلْنَا مِن قَبْلِكَ مِن رَّسُولٍ إِلاَّ نُوحِى إِلَيْهِ أَنَّهُ لا إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ أَنَاْ فَاعْبُدُونِ ﴾

(And We did not send any Messenger before you but We revealed to him (saying): “There is no god but I. ..”) This is like the Ayat:

﴿وَاسْئلْ مَنْ أَرْسَلْنَا مِن قَبْلِكَ مِن رُّسُلِنَآ أَجَعَلْنَا مِن دُونِ الرَّحْمَـنِ ءَالِهَةً يُعْبَدُونَ ﴾

(And ask those of Our Messengers whom We sent before you: “Did We ever appoint gods to be worshipped besides the Most Gracious”) ﴿43:45﴾

﴿وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِى كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولاً أَنِ اعْبُدُواْ اللَّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُواْ الْطَّـغُوتَ﴾

(And verily, We have sent among every Ummah a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah, and avoid Taghut (all false deities).”) ﴿16:36﴾ Every Prophet who was sent by Allah called people to worship Allah Alone, with no partner or associate. The natural inclination of man (Al-Fitrah) also bears witness to that. The idolators have no proof and their dispute is of no use before their Lord; on them is wrath, and for them will be a severe torment.

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